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CUP Conversations – Abacus Bank – Begin Again: Journey to Justice in America

  This conversation will discuss the journey to justice in America for the Sung Family in the documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail."   Date: May, 12, 2021 Hosted & Moderated by: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, CUP Panelists: Thomas Sung, Chairman of the Board, Abacus Federal Savings Bank; Chanterelle Sung, Compliance Director: Vera Sung, Attorney…
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CUP Connections Part I | Begin Again: Women in Financial Leadership Talking About How To Be Post-Pandemic Prepared

  This two-part speaker series will focus on discussions about the renewal of investment in women as career professionals and business owners.   Date: April 21, 2021 Moderator: Barry Simmons, Managing Director, Divisional Director, Chase Wealth Management North America (East), JPMorgan Chase Bank Speakers: Jen Auerbach, Managing Director, Head of Strategic Growth Markets, Merrill Lynch…
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CUP Conversations: Women in Leadership Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive

Jacqueline Adams and Beverly Anderson discussed the book "A Blessing” - Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive. Date: March 12, 2021 Host/Moderator: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals Speakers: Jacqueline Adams, Co-author of the book “A Blessing” Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive, Beverly Anderson,…
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CUP Conversations: Thought Leaders Turning Unrest Into Systematic and Lasting Change

Date: February 24, 2021 Moderator: David W. Brown, Partner, Paul Weiss Speakers: Alvin Bragg, Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Racial Justice Project, Camelia M. Valdes, Prosecutor, Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, Jorge L. Vasquez Jr., Program Director, Power and Democracy Program, Advancement Project; CUP 2020 New York Fellow Host: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director,…
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3rd Annual Pipeline to Power Summit Hosted by Goldman Sachs

Date: January, 12, 2021 Opening Remarks: Erika Irish Brown, Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs, Johnita Walker Mizelle, CUP Board Chair Panel One: Investing in Diverse Owned Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Funds Join experienced investors as they discuss how firms are expanding economic opportunities and outcomes by increasing access to capital and share insights on how to…
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CUP’s 2020 Inaugural Tech Forum Hosted by Bloomberg – Virtual – “Algorithmic bias in business: causes, effects, and potential solutions through AI, engineering and talent.”

Date: December 15, 2020 Opening Remarks: Shawn Edwards, Chief Technology Officer, Bloomberg LP Moderator: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals Panelists: Karen Ashley, Head of Marketing Americas, Refinitiv, Alain Biem, PhD, Head of Data Science Market Intelligence, S&P Global, Krishna Z. Collie, Co-Founder/ CEO, Irie Tech, Steven Morgan, Managing Director, ICG Markets Operations…
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CUP’s 11th Annual Lawyers Forum: “Then Came 2020”

Date: December 9, 2020 Host: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals Moderator: Lucas F. Torres, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Speakers: Kim Koopersmith, Partner and Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Mo Cowan, President, Global Government Affairs and Policy and Developed Markets, General Electric Co., Ricardo A. Anzaldua,…
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CUP Connections: “Charting Your Course” – Bank of America Sponsored Series – “Women of CUP: Talking About What Matters” Part 2

Date: October 22, 2020 Host: Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, Council of Urban Professionals Moderator: Iris Birungi, SVP, Global Diversity Talent Acquisition Strategic Initiatives Speakers: Rashaan Reid, Managing Director, Senior Relationship Management, BofA Securities, Liba Saiovici, Latin America Product Management Executive, Global Transaction Services, Bank of America, Indhira Arrington, SVP, Head of Targeted Sourcing, Wells Fargo,…
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